Energy Systems Project

Subject ENGR90031 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

240 hours


All of the following subjects -

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Subject Overview:

This course teaches the science underpinning the operation of nuclear reactors, the generation of electrical power from light water reactors and the nuclear fuel cycle. The course also investigates the issues surrounding nuclear power including CO2 emissions from the nuclear cycle, nuclear waste, nuclear safety, licensing, nuclear weapons proliferation and the economics of nuclear power generation. Finally the course investigates advanced and alternative nuclear fuel cycles (such as the Thorium cycle), nuclear waste reprocessing and advanced reactor concepts including small modular reactors and fourth generation reactors.


On completion of this subjet students should be able to -

  • Undertake a cross-disciplinary analysis of energy system issues, in particular evaluating the social, environmental and economic costs and benefits of different forms of energy and energy technology
  • Make decisions/recommendatiojns based on this cross-disciplinary anlaysis.

This project must be completed individually. Assessment will be

  • One 20 minute oral presentation summarising progress mid-way through the project (20%)
  • One 20 minute oral presentation followed by an oral examination summarising the project findings shortly after project submission
  • One project report of no more than 50 pages in length to be submitted at the end of the project (60%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the community at large
  • Understanding of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities of a professional, and the need for sustainable development.
Related Course(s): Master of Energy Systems

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